The Heights Center Hosts Hurricane Party & Rum Drink Competition Sunday, August 21

Fort Myers, FL, August 06, 2016 --( The Heights Center is hosting a Hurricane Party & Rum Drink Competition on Sunday, August 21 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at The Heights Center, located at 15570 Hagie Drive in Fort Myers. The public is invited to join local bartenders who will compete for the best cocktail. Guests will have the opportunity to sample and vote for their favorite cocktail. Celebrity judges include Hilary Hemingway and Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter series, Everblades defenseman Logan Roe and CJ Sparrow aka “Captain Jack Sparrow.” Celebrated local chefs will provide small plate tastings and attendees will enjoy live tropical music. The event will be emceed by Gina Birch and will include door prizes and fun chance drawings. Island music provided by Dan Confrey of Thank You for the Dance Entertainment. Admission is $50 per person and includes great food and rum tastings. A Pirate Pass is available for $100 and includes an souvenir glass, open bar and VIP benefits. Children under 12 are admitted free. All proceeds will benefit The Heights Center’s After School program.

“We are excited to host our second Hurricane Party and Rum Drink at The Heights Center,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “The talented bartenders will come up with some great cocktails and our chefs have some delicious samplings planned. Our After School program provides a safe, supportive, fun program for at-risk children in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. This licensed care program allows parents to work, and children can connect with needed resources including academic tutoring.”

Competing bartenders include Jay McAuley of Cru and Stacy Murdock of Duffy’s Sports Bar, Chris Kennedy and Michelle Kosteno Pricipato of Blue Coyote, Jerome Sanchez of Touton Wines and Jason Woodburn and Amber Blanchard of The Edison. Participating restaurants include Bahama Breeze, Blue Coyote, The Jacaranda and Jack's Farm to Fork. Participating beverage companies include Opici Wine Group, Republic National Distributing Company, Southern Wine & Spirits, Suncoast Beverage and Wicked Dolphin Rum.

To purchase tickets for the Hurricane party visit or contact Karen Lesza at (239) 482-7706 or

About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center:
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.
The Heights Foundation
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